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how can u reconcile Christian worship on sunday to that of God's command that we worship on Sabbath which we all know is Saturday.

       Did the early Christian Church worship on Sunday, the Lord's Day, or
Saturday, the Jewish sabbath, as some sects like the Seventh Day Adventists

       St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles (20:7/DR) in the New Testament,
writes:  "And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break
bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow.  And he
continued his speech until midnight."

       St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate renders the phrase as "in una sabbati,
which, as usual, closely parallels the Greek "en te mia ton sabbaton,
literally "on (day) one of the week," that is, the Lord's Day, or Sunday.  
If St. Luke had wished to say "on the Sabbath [Saturday]," he would have said
simply "en to sabbato."

       Moreover, St. Paul writes in his First Epistle to the Corinthians
(16:2):  "On the first day of the week, let every one of you put apart with
himself, laying up what it shall well please him: that when I come, the
collections be not then to be made."

       Finally, St. Justin, Martyr (ca. 100-165), who writes within a few
decades of Sts. Luke and Paul, is an early witness to the practices of the
Apostolic Church and confirms in his Apologia (I.67) that the Christians
worshipped "on day called that of the Sun," that is, Sunday.

       The reason is that the Commandment pertained to worship under the
Old Covenant, which ended with the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary,
symbolized by the veil of the Temple being rent in two from top to bottom.  
Under the New Covenant, through the teaching of Christ's Apostles, worship
is on Sunday, the first day of the week.  It all makes wonderful sense:  
the change from the Old to the New Covenant, the change from the last day
of the week to the first day of the week with the coming of the Messias as
foretold by the Old Testament Prophets.  


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